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|Ten Essential Avant-garde Listens|
Taste is like a muscle. To grow, it needs to be exercised; and, the more it is exercised, the stronger it grows, and the less satisfying lighter material becomes to it. Therefore, the path of any serious music listener inevitably leads to the avant-garde, as the genre is home to music's most extreme outliers. Of course, not all material under avant-garde's moniker is good; indeed, it is home to a multitude of pretentious, atonal wankery. However, the genre is also home to some truly outstanding, mind-bending releases, and it is the purpose of this list to introduce ten of them to you.
The Unanswered Question, for orchestra
Xu Feng: John Zorn's Game Pieces Volume 1
Choirs of the Eye
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
|Will potentially add some descriptions in here later|
|1 is the best|
|but is 1 a listen?|
|Thanks Relinquished :)|
Artuma... that's the question, isn't it?
|gotta find out for yourself|
|Awosome list. Nice to see some Kayo Dot and John Zorn.
1 is 1 in all music.
IMO, just needs Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage.|
|4'33 is outstanding and mind-bending? Also Pulse Demon isn't even among Merzbow's best albums...|
|1 is a listen, the whole point of it is that the sounds of the environment can also be perceived as music, therefore everything in it is (at least supposed to be) music. It's understandable to interpret it as complete silence, but it isn't quite.. :P|
|"Taste is like a muscle. To grow, it needs to be exercised; and, the more it is exercised, the stronger it grows, and the less satisfying lighter material becomes to it."|
literally the dumbest thing i've ever read
|Good list, could use some Secret Chiefs 3. |
|Great list. Disco Volante still gives me chills at times.|
|"the whole point of it is that the sounds of the environment can also be perceived as music, therefore everything in it is (at least supposed to be) music."|
But the sounds are always different and they're not written by Cage so it's not even his "piece". It's perceived as silence because it is, it's not a musical endeavor. Any one who pretends to enjoy it is trying too hard.
If you walk by a musical street performer with instrument in hand wouldn't you want to hear them play something instead of just sitting there listening to the natural sounds which they aren't creating themselves? A lot People sit in silence all day and perceive the sounds therein, they don't need their intelligence insulted by a stunt like 4:33
|only heard california. damn|
|Of course the sounds are always different on different takes of 4'33, but that's kind of the point. Cage himself said that he loves to listen to the noises of the environment, just for the sake of the sounds thenselves. The 'piece' is more of a statement, so it's kinda missing the point if you're just listening different versions of it. It encourages to treat every sound you hear as something worth listening to.|
It's not "written" by cage in the typical way, but it's really more about the meaning than the piece itself. And yeah, I'd rather listen to a performer playing sonething if I walked by one.
Also, the point of it is not to listen to 'silence'. Of course most of us have been in sonewhat silent (or not silent, doesn't really matter) environments before, but who has actively LISTENED to the sounds therein? Eh I guess I'm repeating myself so there you go!